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2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 can go as fast as 200 mph

A couple of days ago, official sketches of the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s engine emerged online. And now, The Truth About Cars just found out that the pony is capable of reaching the 200 miles per hour (320 kilometers per hour) mark.

Sources say that there had been leaked information about the speedometer verification procedure, and that the car’s speedometer will reach 214 miles per hour (344 kilometers per hour), which means that the GT500 performs a little better than its rivals now.

Apart from its new and impressive top speed now, there had also been leaked documents indicating that the car will gain a couple of driving modes to improve its performance. There is a “Drag Strip” setting as well as a Launch Control function.

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Land Rover Defender will receive the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine used on the Mustang and Focus RS

No matter how much owners of the Land Rover Defender sports utility vehicle want their rides to become less adverse – if not actually friendly – to the environment, they really couldn’t. This is primarily because the Land Rover Defender, in its most eco-friendly form, still emits 266 grams of carbon dioxide to the air for every kilometer it travels (when using the 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine).

Fortunately though, an engineering company lurking within the Coventry neighborhood – yes, the place where Jaguar Land Rover is headquartered – is currently working on a project that should allow the Land Rover to become a bit friendlier to Mother Nature. How? Well, JE Motorworks is trying an engine conversion for the Land Rover Defender, replacing the only available mill for the SUV – the 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine with the 2.3-liter Ford EcoBoost unit that is fitted on the Ford Mustang and on Ford Focus RS sports models.

While both engines have similar displacements and are four-cylinder units, the EcoBoost unit uses up gasoline (petrol) and the mill on the now discontinued Defender sips on diesel. Comparing their power levels, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine on the Focus RS delivers 350 hp (345 PS or 257 kW) of max output and up to 470 Nm (350 lb.-ft.) of torque. On the other hand, the 2.2-liter diesel mill on the Land Rover Defender churns out 122 PS (90 kW) of max output and 360 Nm of torque. In terms of carbon dioxide emissions, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine returns only 175 g/km on the Ford Focus RS while the 2.2-liter diesel engine emits 266 g/km on the Land Rover Defender 90 (hard top, soft top and pickup).

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2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost gets a price tag of $25,995, Mustang GT starts at $32,925

Yesterday, we announced you that the 2015 Ford Mustang starts at $24,425. Today we found out even more details about the 2015 Mustang. According to Mustang6, the 2015 Mustang Ecoboost starts at $25,995 while the 2015 Mustang GT will cost you $32,925. For the 2015 Ford Mustang GT 50 Year Limited Edition you will have to pay $46,995.

These prices are available for the models using the manual transmission and include the $825 destination and delivery charges. As expected, the 2015 Ford Mustang is available with plenty of options, such as the GT Performance Package ($2,495), Navigation ($795), floor mats ($85), Recaro sport seats wrapped in leather ($1,595) and the Enhanced Security Package ($395).

Moreover, if you want the 6-speed automatic transmission, this will cost you $1,195, while the 3.55 limited slip differential is priced at $395. The spare wheel/tire costs $195, while for the Reverse Park Assist you pay $295.

Read the entire article 2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost gets a price tag of $25,995, Mustang GT starts at $32,925

Rumor: 2015 Ford Mustang will receive a turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant

The next-generation Ford Mustang could get a turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant. Mustang fans may find fault this plan but it’s something that Ford believed it just had to do especially with how successful its EcoBoost engines have been. But they would be pleased to know that this vehicle delivers 330 hp and offers more than the existing 280 lb-ft of torque of the V6.

Ford is presently developing a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which will power the next-generation Focus RS. The same powerplant will be used by the base model 2015 Mustang, according to Matthias Ton, the head of Ford’s global performance car division. It replaces the existing 3.7-liter V6.

Aside from the additional horsepower the turbocharged four-cylinder provides, the Mustang benefits as its fuel efficiency will then be higher than the 19-mpg city, 31-mpg highway of the current V6. It’s likely that when the Mustang debuts in 2015, it won’t have the EcoBoost in it yet. It would probably be added to the lineup one or two years later.

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An EcoBoost engine is what’s most likely to be used on Ford’s Mustang, according to product chief Derrick Kuzak last Monday. He spoke to reporters last Monday night at the Detroit Auto Show. This suggests that this car will make use of EcoBoost. He explained that this is likely to be a “very safe bet at some point in the near future.”

Kuzak didn’t name the engine that may be used by the Mustang. But it is known that EcoBoost is available in four- and six-cylinder variants in the U.S. The most robust V6 delivers 365 hp. It will be offered in the Taurus SHO and the F150. For many years, it has been expected that the EcoBoost will probably appear in the Mustang.

Its top officials said that the company has consistently said that the technology would be frequently used by most of its lineup. But then, the Mustang was never mentioned. Ford has recently updated the 2013 model year to have a 420hp engine. The Shelby GT500 was also enhanced to offer 650 hp with a 200-mph-plus top speed. The car’s sales fell slightly in 2011 to 70,438 units, a slight improved tally from 73,716 in 2010.

Read the entire article Ford Mustang will receive a fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine, Derrick Kuzak says

Ford chairman Bill Ford Jr. confirmed that an Ecoboost engine will soon be offered in the Mustang. However, he didn’t disclose a timeline or engine specifications. Ford was recently a speaker at Princeton University where he was asked if an Ecoboost Mustang is possible. He confirmed that Ford’s pony car will get the turbocharged engine.

Ford’s current Ecoboost 4-cylinder can deliver up to 247hp, while the 3.5L Ecoboost V6 can generate up to 365hp.

They don’t come up to what the larger V6 and V8 engines are capable of but fuel economy figures make up for the performance deficit. It is possible that either application will be available in the Mustang. A 4-cylinder Ecoboost would be a potent rival to smaller engined cars such as the Hyundai Genesis.

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In South Haven, Michigan, several Ford engineers were seen with a few pre-production 2011 Mustangs. What made the sighting so newsworthy were the tires on one of the mules.

Instead of the "regular" P Zeros found on 2010 Track Packers, Pirelli P Zero Corsa R-compounds were observed. To those who are unfamiliar with it, these are tires for supercars. These tires even come stock on the Lamborghini LP560-4. Tongues are wagging on why a Mustang was fitted with supercar tires. Could it be that Ford is merely playing with different tire compounds?

Another explanation is more creative. It had been observed that the Corsa R-compound car (with 315 hp) was lapping the 1.88-mile track just as quickly as the current BMW M3 (with 414 hp).

Read the entire article 2011 Ford Mustang GT coming with a potent 400hp 5.0-liter V8 engine

Ford's new 2011 5.0-liter V8 Mustang will deliver 412hp and produce 83hp per liter, Ford marketing boss Jim Farley said last week. This information was supposed to only be released on Dec. 28 but reports had leaked.

The 5.0-liter Mustang is set to rival the Chevrolet Camaro SS, which generates 426 hp, and the Dodge Challenger SRT8, which has an output of 425 hp. The range-topping Shelby GT500 and its supercharged V8 is rated at 540 hp. The brand-new V8 engine in this Mustang is believed to be potent due to how the engineers had been able to allow it to breathe. All-new heads sit atop an all-new aluminum block with cast-iron cylinder sleeves.

Because the heads have a wide distance, the intake ports are allowed to sit vertically on top of the engine. The engine features four valves per cylinder and twin independent variable valve timing. Having the exhaust headers tuned eliminate the need for aftermarket headers to improve the engine's breathing.

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Ford Motor Co. is investing $155 million into Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1, which will soon build the upgraded V-6 engine for the 2011 Mustang.

This move leads to the creation of 60 jobs at this plant. Ford said that including this investment, a total of $1.8 billion has been spent in powertrain engineering and facility upgrades to support 2011 vehicle launches.

Ford said however, that it anticipates that this figure will increase. No amounts were specified though. Meanwhile, pricing for the 2011 Mustang has been revealed.

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The legendary Mustang by Ford received an upgrade for the 2010 model year to enable it to compete with newer rivals like the Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Camaro and the all-new Nissan 370Z. However, it is reported that the uprate does not include any major changes to the range of the car's powertrain.

Although there are alternatives currently available to Ford, like the EcoBoost V6 and the latest 5.0-liter V8, it was decided that the Mustang will stick to the previous 210 hp 4.0-liter V6 and 315 hp 4.6-liter V8 powertains instead.

In comparing Ford's 315 hp GT with other high-end rivals, it appears pale in comparison to the 372 hp Dodge Challenger R/T and even fares worse in contrast to the 422 hp of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS.

Read the entire article Ford Mustang switching to the 5.0-liter V8 engine by 2011

For sometime now Ford ruled a whole segment because it alone had a pony car, however, that is soon to change. With the release of the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, Ford has some tough rival to contend with. 

Because of this, the engineers at Ford are exchanging the current 4.0-liter SOHC V6 with the 3.7-liter DOHC V6 in the base models of the 2011 Ford Mustang.

This new powerplant was revealed by the carmaker to its personnel at an event last week at the Dearborn Development Center. No details are available at present, except the fact that the powerplant has been utilized in other applications such as in the MKS, the flagship sedan of Lincoln.

Read the entire article 2011 Ford Mustang to receive the 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine

Quite a number of carmakers are already reducing or even stopping their lineup of diesel-powered vehicles, as sparked by the diesel emissions scandal at the Volkswagen Group. Nonetheless, German premium automaker BMW seems not affected by backlash against diesel engines. Instead, BMW has just confirmed its commitment to diesel technology.

As quoted by Australian magazine GoAuto at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, BMW AG board member for development Klaus Froehlich boasted of the carmaker’s accomplishments in the field of diesel technology. He remarked that from BMW’s perspective, the development of diesel engines is quite dramatic as the carmaker has managed to develop cleaner diesel-powered mills.

Moreover, Froehlich claimed at Paris that BMW has the best diesel engine, adding that all tests have shown that the German premium carmaker’s offerings have the lowest emissions among diesel-powered vehicles.

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When BMW finally commences sales of the heavily anticipated 8-Series Coupe, it will offer the all-new flagship in two powerful engine variants – a petrol-powered biturbo 4.4 liter V8 unit and a diesel-fueled 3.0 liter biturbo inline six mill. Nonetheless, there are customers hoping that new BMW 8 Series would be offered with a V12 engine or a plug-in hybrid drive, but the German premium has no plans for those.

Carsten Groeber, vice-president of product management at BMW Group, was quoted by Australian magazine GoAuto at the 2018 Paris Motor Show as saying that a V12-powered 8 Series won't happen. The BMW 7 Series -- the M760Li xDrive in particular – is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 petrol engine that can provide 601 hp (448 kW) of output and 590 lb.-ft. (800 Nm) of peak torque. This allows the M760Li xDrive to dash from zero to 100km/h in just 3.7 seconds.

Groeber noted that the V8 engine and the in-line six unit already allows for a perfect weight distribution with the new 8 Series. Since the V12 engine is a very heavy mill, it would destroy this weight distribution, particularly making the front too heavy. He remarked that the V8-powered 8 Series is already a proper sportscar.

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There have been no straight six-cylinder engines at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles since 2007, when Jeep launched the Wrangler JK generation. While Chrysler had been using straight six-cylinder engines since 1964, it eventually decided that it was already enough for this mill.

Just recently, rumors have been sprouting about the possibility of the rebirth of straight inline six-cylinder engines at Fiat Chrysler. These rumors also came up in 2017, but so far, no inline six-cylinder engines have been confirmed or even spied. The latest speculation was a result of a published report from Allpar, the same Web site that reported a similar rumor last year. Of course, these are just speculations, and we don’t vouch for their authenticity.

According to Allpar, Fiat Chrysler is reportedly developing a new straight-six engine as a complement to the new GME four-cylinder mills. These smooth yet compact new straight-six engines are to be derived from the new GME four-cylinder units.

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It is better not to expect any new diesel engines from Cadillac, the luxury vehicle division of General Motors. After all, following much considerations of a number of factors, the top management of Cadillac has now decided to stop the development of diesel engine within the luxury carmaker.

During the North American launch of the Cadillac XT4 compact crossover in Seattle, Washington, Cadillac President Steve Carlisle revealed that the luxury car brand is indeed re-evaluating diesel technology. He noted that Cadillac has been working on diesel technology. However, the conditions in the markets around the world – especially their attitude towards diesel engines – have been changing more quickly than the company has anticipated.

It is well known that for the past years, Cadillac had been concentrating its engine development works on diesel mills, in particular four- and six-cylinder units. This diesel engine development work forms part of the luxury carmaker to further penetrate the premium car market in Europe. In addition, Cadillac was also planning to create and offer a number of vehicles powered by diesel engines in the US. In fact, the new XT4 was slated to have a version powered by diesel engine, as slated to arrive before or by the end of the decade (2020). GM’s luxury division had also expected to introduce diesel engines in more of its models.

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When Bugatti Automobiles unveiled the new Bugatti Divo, it announced that this new performance monster would be powered by the carmaker’s eight-liter W16 engine that provides 1,500 PS of output. Boasting of 16 cylinders in W formation – hence its name – the W16 is the same source of power for the Bugatti Chiron. The hypercar before the Chiron, the Bugatti Veyron, also had a W16 as its core.

Now, a source of pride at Bugatti, the W16 engine inside the Divo and the Chiron will have no replacement. This was revealed to CarAdvice by no less than the chief executive of Bugatti Automobiles, Stephan Winkelmann. The hypercar maker’s top honcho said that that there would be no new 16-cylinder engine, and the W16 will be the last of its kind.

Make no mistake; the W16 is still alive and kicking. It has been so since it was first installed under the hood of the Bugatti Veyron in 2005 or 13 years ago. In the first iteration of the Veyron, this W16 engine was tuned to deliver 1,001 PS (736 kW or 987 hp) of max output and 1,250 Nm (922 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. The final installment of the Veyron – the Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse – had the W16 mill develop 1,200 PS (880 kW or 1,200 hp) of max output and 1,500 Nm (1,100 lb.-ft.) of peak torque.

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At the start of the year, Ford announced that it is planning to develop a new electric vehicle that focuses on performance. At the announcement, Ford said that the new performance EV would be named Mach 1. Eventually, the Mach 1 moniker was shelved, but not the performance EV. Now, Ford has released a new teaser that officially previews this upcoming EV.

During the January announcement, Ford said that this performance EV would released in 2020. In March this year, Ford Global Markets President Jim Farley remarked that the performance EV would be like a four-door SUV version of a Ford Mustang. Essentially, this means that the new performance EV would be an electric SUV with the looks or performance of the Mustang, or both.

Now, the recently released teaser image looks like a sketched silhouette of Ford’s new performance EV. It may seem so vague and unclear until a closer inspection reveals that it features the rear end of a Ford Mustang. That basically confirms the relationship of the new performance to Ford’s iconic pony car. However, this is a teaser image, and a sketch nonetheless, which means that it final looks may differ from the Mustang but retain some cues that indicate its high-performance nature.

Read the entire article Ford officially teases Mustang-inspired full electric SUV with sketched image

The engine is probably one of the most complicated elements of your car. Its workings are more complicated than you may think. It features many parts, components and accessories, one of which is the timing belt or the timing chain.

The timing belt and the timing chain aren’t the same thing, but they perform the same function -- mechanical engine timing.

They don’t coexist simply because they do the same work, which means the engine has either a timing belt or a timing chain. But before this article discusses the difference between a timing belt and a timing chain, it will talk about their importance.

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One of the most important parts of any car is the engine. It is considered as the heart of the car, as it is responsible for bringing it to life. Without an engine, no power can be sent to the wheels and the car won’t be able to move. Every time your car is driven, the engine is put into work. Eventually, your car’s engine will stop from working after some time. After all, engines are designed to last for a long time.

The lifespan of engines aren’t measured by years, but by the distance the car has traveled. Essentially, most carmakers design and develop the engines of their cars to last more than 100,000 miles. Theoretically, if you drive around 100 miles each day in a year, you would have broken the 100,000-mile barrier in less than three years. If you are driving 50 miles a day, the barrier would be reached in five and a half years.

In the real world, there have been engines that went the scrap yards even before reaching 40,000 miles. There have also been engines that managed to last more than 300,000 miles on the road. There have been reports of few engines going beyond 500,000 miles. Just lately, more and more engines have been able to go beyond 200,000 miles before finally saying goodbye.

Read the entire article What is the lifespan of the engine of your car?

There is no denying that a battery is important in a car. The battery is needed start the engine and is employed in stabilizing, filtering and providing the power for ignition, lights, electrical components and other accessories that need electricity.

Thus, a battery drain is always the dread of any driver. At worst, you won't be able to start your car. If you’re in a hurry to leave the garage for a trip, a drained battery can be your nightmare. Most of the time, a drained battery is caused – not by a malfunctioning battery or alternator -- by an electrical issue. This issue acts like a parasite that draws electric power from your battery. In this case, you car maybe suffering from an issue called parasitic draw or parasitic drain.

How would you know if the battery drain is caused by a parasitic battery draw? There is way to find out. But first, you need these tools and materials: a digital multimeter with a 20 amp fuse (as set to read 200mA), gloves and eye protection.

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